12-12 10:00 THE GUARDIAN Jacinda Ardern’s heartfelt apology spoke volumes about compassion | Afua Hirsch

Nobody demanded that the New Zealand leader say sorry for Grace Millane’s murder. I can’t imagine British leaders showing such responsibility

The story ofGrace Millane– the backpacker murdered in New Zealand – is unspeakably sad, and its terrible denouement came quickly. What began as concern for a missing person swiftly became a murder investigation, and then the process of identifying a body. Details were scant and our focus turned to the sorrowful words of New Zealand’s prime minister. No one demanded an apology from Jacinda Ardern, but shegave one anyway.

“There is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country,” she said, “a place that prides itself on our hospitality.”


12-12 10:00 THE GUARDIAN Google’s top 10 ‘how to’ questions of 2018 answered – from deleting Facebook to doing the floss

Countless people wanted to know how to quit social media, bleed a radiator and solve a Rubik’s Cube. Look no further …

Google has released the results of its annual Year in Search, which reveals the most Googled people, places, events and more. Here we answer the UK’s top 10 “how to” questions of the year. So, in no particular order, here’s how to …


12-12 10:00 THE GUARDIAN Still have your childhood teddy? The psychological power of the toys we keep

Infants often find comfort in ‘transitional objects’ that help them on the path to independence. Guardian readers discuss the security blankets and teddies they have held close

When he was four years old, Chris had a piece of blue cloth he took everywhere with him, which he called Boo-Boo. Now 60, a retired teacher, husband and father of three adult children, he still remembers the feeling of safety he found when he gently rubbed the soft fabric against his face or between his fingers. “My Boo-Boo provided me with the comfort and security I craved. I wanted it with me, a bit like I wanted my mum with me all the time when I was little,” he says.

Shortly before Chris’s first day at school, his mother told him that he could not take his Boo-Boo with him and that he should throw it into their fire. “I can see it now, the lounge and the open fire, my mum telling me that I had to throw this Boo-Boo in. I couldn’t have it any more, I had to grow up. I can’t remember whether I cried or not, I can just feel the anguish. I had a sense of loss, an emptiness, without understanding.”


12-12 10:00 THE GUARDIAN Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump

‘I hate watching my plays,”Tony Kushnersays. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.”

Caroline isCaroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written with the composerJeanine Tesori(who wrote the music forFun Home) in 2003, it won an Olivier award in 2007 and it’s now enjoying a run in London’s West End. Caroline, the African-American maid at its centre, spends most of her days in a basement, vibrating to the rhythms of the radio, the washing machine, and her own sorrowing heart. Kushner works from a basement, too, in a room beneath an apartment building in Manhattan’s East Village.


12-12 10:00 THE GUARDIAN Revealed: Google's 'two-tier' workforce training document

Exclusive: internal document shows how Google employees are trained to treat temps, vendors and contractors

Google staff are instructed not to reward certain workers with perks like T-shirts, invite them to all-hands meetings, or allow them to engage in professional development training, an internal training document seen by the Guardian reveals.

The guide instructs Google employees on the ins and outs of interacting with its tens of thousands of temps, vendors and contractors – a class of worker known at Google as TVCs.


12-12 09:59 LENTA.RU Рианна показала свое новое белье

Американская R’n’B- и поп-исполнительница Рианна представила новую «праздничную» линейку нижнего белья собственного бренда Savage x Fenty. На появившемся в ее Instagram снимке певица сидит в бархатном кресле и демонстрирует черный бюстгальтер с разноцветными вставками, а также трусы и пояс с подвязками.


12-12 09:59 LENTA.RU Рианна показала свое новое белье

Американская R’n’B- и поп-исполнительница Рианна представила новую «праздничную» линейку нижнего белья собственного бренда Savage x Fenty. На появившемся в ее Instagram снимке певица сидит в бархатном кресле и демонстрирует черный бюстгальтер с разноцветными вставками, а также трусы и пояс с подвязками.


12-12 09:58 LENTA.RU Россиянам рассказали о неожиданной опасности оливье

Оливье и другие новогодние лакомства могут повредить пищеварительную систему домашних животных, отметили в Российской ассоциации любителей питомцев. «После новогодних праздников все клиники обычно забиты такими обожравшимися оливье, пирогами и шоколадом пациентами», — сказали в ассоциации.


12-12 09:55 FOXNews California Democratic lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty: report

Democratic California state lawmaker Joaquin Arambula was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.


12-12 09:54 RT RUS В Сирию за сутки вернулись почти 770 беженцев

Preview Около 770 сирийских беженцев вернулись в Сирию с территории иностранных государств за сутки. Об этом заявили в Центре по примирению враждующих сторон и контролю за перемещением беженцев.
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